August 02, 2018
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Kini Naholo shines in Taranaki win

Kiniviliame Naholo, the younger sibling of All Black winger Waisake Naholo is making headlines in New Zealand after scoring a brace of tries on debut for Taranaki in their Ranfurly Shield 78-0 romp over Poverty Bay in the weekend.

The 19-year-old after the impressive performance is being compared to his elder brother and some rugby pundits have already predicted that he will be a future All Black.

He beat four defenders with multiple steps for his first five-pointer, before he gassed the opposition from 45m for his second, a burst which included an eye-opening step and fend. 

Naholo, who was substituted at halftime, also played provider, breaking out from his own 22m, drawing the last defender and feeding centre Latu Vaeno for his second of the match. 

The youngster scored 40 tries in 20 games for Hastings Boys' High School's 1st XV last year.

Naholo and Taranaki will face Manawatu in their first title defence of the Ranfurly Shield in New Plymouth on August 24. 

By Reginald Chandar


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